Portland school budget to be presented next week

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PORTLAND — Interim Superintendent of Schools Jeanne Crocker will present a proposed budget for the 2016-2017 school year at the March 8 School Board meeting.

The meeting will be held in Room 250 of Casco Bay High School, 196 Allen Ave., at 7 p.m.

This year’s budget of $102.8 million represented a 1.2 percent spending increase over last year. It represented a 2.3 percent increase in the school portion of the city’s property tax rate, adding about $23 in taxes per $100,000 of assessed value.

Crocker was originally supposed to unveil the proposal March 1. But Portland was one of several school districts that were told they would see a reduction in state aid for the fiscal year. The city received about $16.9 million this year; its projected loss is $2.7 million. 

Lawmakers in Augusta have discussed allocating more education funding to address the reductions, so Crocker delayed introducing the proposal to allow for possible developments.